The dutch Max verstappen, leader of the World Cup Formula One, was the best in free practice for him Styrian Grand Prix, the eighth of the championship, which takes place on his team’s circuit, the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix next week.
Verstappen, 23, who comes from signing last Sunday, in France, his third win of the year; he repeated first place in both sessions and scored the best of the day in the afternoon. In which they all signed their fast laps on a soft tire, before riding in a race simulation with stiffer compounds; and that the sevenfold English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), second in the World Cup, 12 points behind the Dutch, finished fourth, 384 thousandths of this; and three hundredths ahead of the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), fifth this Friday.
Things seem to change in F1, which has been dominated by Mercedes for the past seven years, in which Hamilton won six of his seven titles. And at Paul Ricard, Red Bull – first in the Constructors’ World Cup, with 37 points of advantage over the ‘silver arrows’, Thanks to the third overall position of the Mexican Sergio Pérez – he signed his third victory in a row, something that had not happened since 2013: in the last year of his glorious four-year term, which was led by the German Sebastian Vettel, now at Aston Martin.
The third and last free training It will be played this Saturday, hours before the qualification session, that will order the starting grid of the Sunday race. Scheduled to 71 laps, to complete 306 kilometers and a half.
Styrian GP qualifying schedule
Third practice session 12.00 – 13.00.
Qualification session 15.00 – 16.00.